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6 Useful Online Tutoring Sites to Boost Your Learning

6 Useful Online Tutoring Sites to Boost Your Learning

Today, you can learn practically anything online — from mathematics, coding, speaking new languages, and almost anything else you can think of.

Dozens of online tutoring sites have educated millions of students around the world for a fraction of the cost of college courses. The key to maximizing this accessibility of information is not just choosing which topic you want to learn about, but which online tutoring sites provide the best learning experience.

We’ve narrowed down the sites to the best of the best, each with a different focus and value proposition (such as focus on age, language, higher education, etc.).

Here are six of the best and most useful online tutoring sites to boost your learning and take your knowledge to the next level.

1. Chegg Tutors

Focus: Basic Classroom Topics

What was formerly known as InstaEDU is now Chegg Tutors. Chegg offers a variety of lessons from coding, mathematics, languages, and more from a variety of online tutors. You can receive your lessons via Desktop or through their iPhone app.

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Chegg is recommended for parents and their middle or high school children who are looking for extra help with homework and upcoming exams.

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    Chegg’s rates start as low as 40 cents per minute, which is very affordable. Chegg also provides highly advanced learning technology, as you’re able to learn through chat, video, and even write on a shared whiteboard with your teacher.

    2. WizIQ

    Focus: Basic Classroom Topics & Exam Prep

    WizIQ is recognized as a top leader in online education. The company provides everything from exam prep to programming through pre-recorded lessons. Or students can book a one-on-one lesson with one of their 200,000 private teachers. WizIQ has powerful technology allowing you to experience a private virtual classrom with up to 6 people in high quality video.

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      I’ve enjoyed the free live classes that instructors put on, and the quality of video technology is first rate. I recommend WizIQ for the age group that is interested in university or higher education.

      3. Kaplan Kids

      Focus: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics

      Kaplan Kids is perfect for elmentary and middle school students who want to improve their reading, writing, and mathematics skills.
      Students are able to earn points and win prizes as they learn. It’s a fun and rewarding way for children to stay motivated and engaged while learning.

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        However, I wouldn’t recommend Kaplan for anyone 18 and up, as the topics are geared towards children and young teenagers.

        4. Sophia

        Focus: College Courses

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        Sophia is targeted at middle and high school students looking to enter college. Students have the potential to receivecollege credits for online courses at a fraction of the cost of taking a course at an actual university. At the moment, the website is only partnered with a small number of US colleges, so chances are that you will not be eligible to receive credits from Sophia classes just yet. However, you can choose from one of their 32,000 tutorials and over 6,000 different tutors to teach you nearly every subject you can think of.

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          Sophia also has a good amount of free resources that you can access if you’re looking to try it out.

          5. Rype

          Focus: Personal Language Learning

          Rype is a new brand on a mission to disrupt the old-fashioned language learning industry by introducing personalized language coaching. They provide customized language learning packages, depending on your needs, including: The Starter Package (for beginners with zero knowledge), The Traveller Package (for travelers to learn conversation skills), and Rype Club (targeted for busy individuals and those looking to maintain their skills).

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            Why Rype

              At the moment, Rype only provides Spanish lessons, but other languages are coming soon. You can get your first session for as little as $9 and receive a 14-day free trial for Rype Club.

              6. Tutor.com

              Focus: Homework Help & Career Development

              With over a million students, Tutor.com is a great destination for students looking for help with their homework or career development advice.

              Tutor.com is larger than Sofia and Chegg, with the added advantage that no appointments are necessary, and you can access tutors 24/7 no matter where you are in the world.

              Definitely a convenient option if you’re looking to immediate help on your homework or upcoming exams.

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                Over to you

                What additional tutoring websites have you tried? Which of these tutoring sites are you thinking of trying out to boost your learning?

                We’d love to hear it in the comments below!

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                Sean Kim

                Sean is the founder and CEO of Rype, a language learning app. He's an entrepreneur and blogger.

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                How to Use the Prioritization Matrix When Every Task is #1

                How to Use the Prioritization Matrix When Every Task is #1

                It takes being productive to get things done correctly and on time. So how do you know which tasks are essential and which can wait? The answer is in the Prioritization Matrix, also known as the Eisenhower Matrix.

                The matrix took its name after Dwight David Eisenhower.

                Eisenhower was a general in the US army and the 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. As a five-star general and a Supreme Commander in the US Army, he drafted the strategy for an Allied invasion of Europe.[1]

                Eisenhower had to make tough decisions every time about which tasks to prioritize out of many he needed to focus on daily. So, he came up with the famous Eisenhower Matrix, or the Prioritization Matrix.

                What Is the Prioritization Matrix?

                The Prioritization Matrix is a tool for rating your tasks based on urgency. It helps you know the critical activities and those tasks that you should bypass and can be useful in project management, small businesses, or personal tasks.

                Eisenhower famously said of the matrix:

                “Most tasks that are urgent are not important, and most tasks that are important are not urgent.”

                This quote became the maxim for Eisenhower in managing his time.

                There are four quadrants in the Prioritization Matrix, which help in comparing choices of what to do first and last, allowing you to prioritize projects and create strategic plan[2].

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                  The quadrants are:

                  • Do
                  • Schedule
                  • Delegate
                  • Eliminate

                  Do

                  Do is the first quadrant in the Prioritization Matrix, and it incorporates important activities. That is, those tasks you need to carry out urgently — crises, deadlines, and issues that need your urgent attention and are highly relevant to your life mission.

                  Hw do you know which task falls into this quadrant?

                  Start by analyzing your priorities, and then establish if it falls within the ‘do it now’ criteria. If the task is achievable within a day, or within 24 to 48 hours, it’s urgent.

                  Another approach you can adopt in prioritizing tasks in this category is to adopt the “eat the frog” principle by Mark Twain. This principle recommends that you do the most urgent activities as soon as you wake up.

                  Here’s a practical example.

                  Let’s say you need to draft a content strategy and submit a report to your manager. It’s Saturday, and the deadline for submission is Monday. Can we say the activity is urgent? Definitely!

                  Schedule

                  The second quadrant of the prioritization matrix is Schedule. The Prioritization Matrix classifies tasks in this category as important but not that urgent.

                  They are long-term objectives and tasks with no immediate deadline. Those tasks could include meditation, journaling, studying, family time, and exercising.

                  You can plan out activities in this quadrant for some other period. For instance, you should exercise for good health, but you can allocate time to do it.

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                  Schedule these activities in such a way that they don’t transfer to the “Do” or “Urgent” quadrant. Ensure you have sufficient time to carry them out.

                  Delegate

                  The third quadrant of the prioritization matrix is Delegate.

                  These tasks are not important to you but are quite urgent for others. This is where teamwork comes into play.

                  You can technically perform tasks in this category, but it makes sense to delegate them. Delegating tasks will ensure you have more time to pursue activities in your first two quadrants.

                  You should also monitor the tasks you have delegated. It will only amount to a sheer waste of time if you don’t have a tracking system for delegated tasks.

                  Eliminate

                  The last quadrant highlights your productivity killers. They are tasks that are not important to your goals and not urgent. The only way to boost your productivity is to eliminate them.

                  Some examples are constantly checking your phone, watching movies, or playing video games.

                  They could also be bad habits that you need to identify and delete from your daily and weekly schedule.

                  Successful people have learned how to prioritize and stick to what’s important. They have learned to find a better person for a task or eliminate less significant tasks.

                  Let’s consider two inspiring personalities that have designed their prioritization system.

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                  Warren Buffet developed a two-list prioritization model to determine which task deserves his best attention. The bottom line is bypassing things that are important and useful but not top of the priorities.

                  Mark Ford, a business advisor, marketer, self-made millionaire, and author devised his strategy:

                  “Start work on the most crucial priority, take a break, work on the second most important task, take a break, then sort out the less important activities and any tasks he received from other individuals by afternoon.” [3]

                  How to Use The Prioritization Matrix

                  Using the Prioritization Matrix can be tricky if you’re new at it, but by following a few simple steps, you can learn to utilize it in the best way possible.

                  1. List and Rank Your Priorities

                  Highlight all the tasks you need to carry out in a day. Then, classify them with weighted criteria based on urgency and importance.

                  Identify any activity that requires prompt action. I’m referring to a task that if you don’t complete that day, it could produce a grave consequence. For instance, if you don’t submit your content strategy, other content writers cannot work. It means you need to check for high-priority dependencies.

                  2. Define the Value

                  The next step is to examine the importance and assess which of them impacts your business or organization the most. As a rule of thumb, you can check which tasks possess higher priority over others. For instance, you need to attend to client’s requirements before you take care of any internal work.

                  You can also estimate value by examining how the task impacts the people and customers in the organization. In a nutshell, the more impact a task has on people or the organization, the higher the priority.

                  3. Take out the Most Challenging Task

                  Procrastination is not a symptom of laziness, but avoidance is. The truth is that you will typically avoid tasks you don’t want to do. The former CEO of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, once said he would take out the most dreaded task first thing when he got to the office.

                  Brian Tracy called these tasks the frogs you need to eat. That will remove the nagging dread, which mounts pressure on you when you postpone necessary tasks[4]. This is where the Prioritization Matrix can help; eat the “Do” frogs immediately.

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                  4. Know What’s Important to You

                  As long as you are in this cosmos, you will always encounter different choices that may be contradictory to your goals. For instance, a fantastic promotion that requires excessive travel will isolate you from important relationships. If you are not priority-conscious, you may accept it, even though your family is your priority.

                  Therefore, it makes sense to identify what is important to you and to prepare yourself not to compromise those important things for immediate pleasure or gain.

                  Yogi Berra captioned it this way:

                  “If you do not know your destination, you might end up somewhere else.”

                  5. Establish Regular “No Work” Time

                  YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki established a rule not to check her emails between 6 pm and 9 pm. According to a CNN Business report, she was the first woman to request maternity leave when Google just got started. She prioritizes dinner time with her family despite being the CEO of YouTube[5].

                  Is it possible to cut out time for our relationships and interests outside of work?

                  Of course, and that’s why you need to set out your “no work” time. This approach will enable you to renew your energy levels for the next task. Also, you will be in the best position to introspect as you are not in your usual work zone.

                  6. Know When to Stop

                  You can achieve everything on your list sometimes. After you have prioritized your workload and assessed your estimates, remove the remaining tasks from your priority list and focus on your most urgent and important tasks.

                  Conclusion

                  It’s not enough to be successful at work. Ensure you make out time for your family and an important relationship in your life.

                  Getting started and finding time may be tricky, but with some practice using the Prioritization Matrix, you’ll find that you are more productive and better able to divide your time between the things that are important to you.

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